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Syllabus ChecklistSyllabus Checklist

The syllabus should clearly communicate the instructional road map for the entire course, including all assignments and requirements, how each student can be successful, and guidance on specific expectations and policies.

Checklist Examples
Course Title Full name and number of your course
Credits How many credit hours students will earn
Instructor Your name and title
Office Location Office number, University of Idaho Moscow Campus, Moscow ID 83844-xxxx
Office Hours Hours you are available for student meetings
Phone Your office phone and/or cell phone numbers
I will try to respond to your emails within 24 hours.
Course Format/Time Examples
  • This is a fully online course. Log into to access course materials.
  • This class meets on Mon-Wed-Fri from 10:30am-11:30am PT in TLC 123.
Prerequisites List course prerequisites. Indicate exemption process, if applicable.
Course Description Clearly establish the purpose, goals, and instructional focus of the course. Explain how this course fits into an overall program and give a brief content overview.
Required Textbooks and Materials Include computer software requirements, as well as recommended equipment, aids, and materials.
Supplemental Reading Material List Journal Articles, Bulletins, and other sources
Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes need to define the measurable knowledge and skills that students will gain in the course.
Learning Activities / Assignments Provide a range of student learning activities and evaluative methods appropriate for the goals of your course, such as quizzes, essays, take-home exams, writing, individual/group projects, discussions, etc.—each of which will measure aspects of the learning outcomes.
Expectations Clearly outline the expectations you have of your students.


You should spend, on average, at least 2-3 hours of study time textbook reading, reviewing class notes, etc. for each class credit hour.
Policies Explain your policies for students, such as attendance, participation, late assignments, and make-up policies.


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Grading Explain grading criteria for all assignments and tests, including point values, extra credit, and letter grade equivalency.


Course Work Points Percent
Homework (10 homework, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Quizzes (10 quizzes, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Labs (10 labs, 10 pts each) 100 10%
Mid-Term Paper (100 pts) 100 10%
Final Research Paper (300 pts) 300 30%
Exams (3 exams, 100 pts each) 300 30%
Extra Credit 20
TOTAL 1000 100%


Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-900 80-90%
C 700-800 70-80%
D 600-700 60-70%
F >Below 600 < 60%
Discussions Indicate discussions posts are expected to be of high quality.
  • Reply with a substantive, compelling contribution. Back up your examples and opinions with convincing evidence or links to factual sources.
  • Make your posts thoughtful and well-written.
  • Respond to initial questions and to other's replies.
  • Core Rules of Netiquette: docx or pdf
Academic Integrity Explain that you expect students to adhere to the highest academic standards of honesty and integrity. At UI, we assume students will do their own work. Plagiarism—passing off someone else's work as your own, without citing the source—should not be tolerated. This includes direct copying, rephrasing, and summarizing, as well as taking someone else's idea and putting it in different words. Ask students to fully cite their sources—this is the best avenue for avoiding plagiarism issues.
Learning Civility In any environment in which people gather to learn, it is essential that all members feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. To this end, it is expected that everyone in this course will be treated with mutual respect and civility, with an understanding that all of us (students, instructors, professors, guests, and teaching assistants) will be respectful and civil to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning.

Should you feel our classroom interactions do not reflect an environment of civility and respect, you are encouraged to meet with your instructor during office hours to discuss your concern.  Additional resources for expression of concern or requesting support include the Dean of Students office and staff (208-885--6757), the UofI Counseling & Testing Center’s confidential services (208-885-6716), the UofI Office of Equity and Diversity (208-885-2468), or the Office of Civil Rights and Investigations (208-885-4285).
Center for Disability Access & Resources (CDAR) University of Idaho is committed to ensuring an accessible learning environment where course or instructional content are usable by all students and faculty. If you believe that you require disability-related academic adjustments for this class (including pregnancy-related disabilities), please contact Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) to discuss eligibility. A current accommodation letter from CDAR is required before any modifications, above and beyond what is otherwise available for all other students in this class will be provided. Please be advised that disability-related academic adjustments are not retroactive. CDAR is located at the Bruce Pitman Building, Suite 127. Phone is 208-885-6307 and e-mail is  For a complete listing of services and current business hours visit
Inclusivity Statement As a professor/course instructor at the University of Idaho, I acknowledge the importance of diversity and inclusion and how these attributes contribute to the promotion of a positive educational experience. It is my intent to facilitate a healthy, productive, and safe learning environment where diverse thoughts, perspectives, and experiences are welcomed, and individuals' identities (including, but not limited to: race, sex, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religious beliefs, etc.) are valued and honored. I recognize that as an educator, it is my responsibility to take the initiative to continually learn about diverse perspectives and identities; therefore, if at any point during the course, you feel uncomfortable or concerned, I am more than willing to discuss suggestions, feedback, and anything else that might improve the general effectiveness of this course.
Please visit the University of Idaho COVID-19 webpage often for the most up-to-date information about the UofI's response to Covid-19.
Vandal Food Pantry The Vandal Food Pantry is a free resource stocked weekly with food, grocery bags, and various hygiene items. Its eight locations across campus are accessible during building hours and open to all. Please take what you need.
Green Dot Safety Program What's Your Green Dot? It's up to all of us to make a safer campus. Vandal Green Dot is a program that helps students learn about the power of the bystander, how to recognize potentially risky situations, and realistic ways to intervene. Together we can bring down the number of people being hurt by interpersonal violence on our campus. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something! Learn more and get involved by visiting UI's Green Dot Safety Program or emailing
Firearms The University of Idaho bans firearms from its property with only limited exceptions. One exception applies to persons who hold a valid Idaho enhanced concealed carry license, provided those firearms remain concealed at all times. If an enhanced concealed carry license holder's firearm is displayed, other than in necessary self-defense, it is a violation of University policy. Please contact local law enforcement (call 911) to report firearms on University property. University of Idaho leadership remains committed to maintaining a safe work, living and learning environment on campus. We will not tolerate any threatening use of firearms or any other weapons. While authorized license holders may have familiarity and be at ease carrying a loaded firearm, we ask that they be aware that many people are not familiar with handguns and are uncomfortable in their presence.
Help and Resources
Student Resources

The University of Idaho provides student support to ensure a successful learning experience.
Library Help

The UofI Library website has many databases that will help you find relevant and reliable books, articles, images, and more. Don't hesitate to contact a librarian for research assistance. Technology Help

The UofI Student Technology Center provides many technology related services to students. Writing Support

The UofI Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance to student writers and other members of the campus community.
UofI Moscow Land Acknowledgement UofI Moscow is located on the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Palus (Palouse) and Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene) tribes. We extend gratitude to the indigenous people that call this place home, since time immemorial. UofI recognizes that it is our academic responsibility to build relationships with the indigenous people to ensure integrity of tribal voices.

Instructors should be mindful of policies regarding FERPA. Test your knowledge by
taking the FERPA Tutorial in VandalWeb under Personal Information.